What French Girls Are Actually Wearing

Our obsession with French women stems from their effortless approach to style (which somehow implies they concern themselves with activities more important than getting dressed). Arguably, the antithesis of this vibe is doggedly copying someone’s look from head to toe. Therefore, rather than reaching for the stereotypical striped boatneck sweater and red lipstick this Bastille Day, try these modern updates instead. We’re pretty sure the French would agree that subtle tribute is far more chic than straight-out imitation.

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Try a pointed d'Orsay style instead of a traditional ballet flat.

Switch the matte poppy red lipstick for a hydrating wine-hued option.

Instead of a black skinny jean, try a high-waisted, loose-fitting culotte in a vintage wash.

A fresh alternative to the printed neck scarf is a long, skinny version wrapped around the neck once.

Trade the classic pointed pump for a lace-up style you can pair with jeans and romantic dresses.

Try a straw top-handle tote for a vintage-inspired alternative to the ubiquitous leather shoulder bag.

Opt for a striped top in lightweight poplin in lieu of a bateau tee.

This sporty shape has overtaken the traditional cat eye as the French-girl favorite.